really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,561 miles

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2005 Chrysler 300 Owner Comments

problem #19

Mar 012016


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V352000 (air bags); however, the parts for the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. While driving approximately 25 mph and attempting to make a left turn, the vehicle would not turn. The vehicle began to accelerate without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal; however, the brake pedal was locked. The accelerator pedal floored automatically without any contact. The contact attempted to apply the emergency brake; however, it failed. The contact turned the vehicle off and continued to steer until it came to a slow stop. The contact restarted the vehicle, placed the gear in park with the emergency brake applied, and the vehicle idled at high levels. The contact made another attempt; however, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the oxygen sensor warning light was illuminated and the air bag warning light was illuminated. The contact informed the dealer; however, the vehicle had not been diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure or issue. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #18

Oct 012015


  • 99,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler 300 touring edition, the driver's side tension strut failed causing my anti-lock brakes to fail. Due to the failure I had to swerve off of the road into a small ditch damaging my undercarriage and fender wells.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #17

Nov 112015


  • miles
My 2005 Chrysler 300 milage 103,269 is having problems decelerating while driving down the road in the middle of traffic. It's been to the Chrysler dealership 3 times now and they said nothing is wrong. When this problem occurs it won't go over 200rpms. I let it set and the next day it'll be fine again until I drive it for a bit. The lighting bolt looking light stsys on. They replaced the throttle body, power control module, module power train control and T/body. $1800 later and the complaining to 3000+ customers at my work I wish I would of never purchased a Chrysler. They are the worst people to deal with. After driving by the dealership on my way to work for two weeks and looking at my car sit I was furious. $750 for a rental for three weeks (a month ago) and now still no car! I've been stuck waiting for a ride, missed work and missed ball games for my kids over this problem. I'm just thankful I've managed to not get into a wreck over this since I've read others have. That's the only thing as a Chrysler owner I'm happy about. Thanks to god!

- Portsmouth, OH, USA

problem #16

Mar 022015


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle decelerated and the check engine and parking assistance warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 162014

300 6-cyl

  • 138,653 miles
After getting fuel came out of gas station turned right about 100 feet came to a stop engine idled rough then died out. Re started and kept dying out for next 2 to 3 miles. Check engine light went on. Had it diagnosed O2 sensor was replaced 3 miles later and more dying out check eng light is on again. I am out $300 dls. And still have same problem and cannot pass emission test. And cannot get my plates.

- Justice, IL, USA

problem #14

Jun 182014


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck and the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated. The contact depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle failed to reduce in speed. The failure occurred on two occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Welcome, MD, USA

problem #13

Feb 132014


  • 126,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chrysler 300 touring, my first major problem occurred about 6 months ago, a red lightening bolt symbol on the dash came on, and my car would not go over 10mph, took to the Chrysler dealership, for them to say I needed a new PCM, which by the way was roughly $1500. Had that replaced, car drove just fine for the next couple months, all the sudden it does it again, that same red symbol and esp bas symbol, back to the dealership, to say now it could be a throttle body, had that replaced roughly $500, picked my car up the day it was finished, didn't make it out of the parking lot, same haunting symbols came back on, oh yes, not to mention like 2 months ago, my car gear was stuck in park, thank goodness a lever fixed that problem, about $125. So yes, I'm going crazy, I don't know what to do about this red lightening bolt symbol and esp bas, honestly I think these Chrysler's need a major recall, something just isn't right. These are some of the most common problems with the Chrysler's 300 from what I've read. I have yet to still to find out what the problem is. I just can't why understand why the dealership that specializes in these specific cars, have no idea what the problem is, even after numerous diagnostic checks.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #12

Nov 192013

300 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I am the original owner w/O having the experience of the 300C stalling while depressing the accelerator previously. The car now stalls 3 to 4 times after refueling. I have purchased high-octane gas from the same vendor since 2004 w/ no issues. My mechanic thought it might be residue from the gas tank given the vehicle age or an air bubble because I let the tank get to ~ 2 gallons. Mechanic could not find any codes indicating issues. The car now stalls w/I a minute of refueling while taking my foot off the accelerator several times between station & home. The car will not start in N, it has to be in P. typically the next day after refueling the car is fine, fortunately I did not make it to the highway when my car stalled requiring the more than 2 turns of the key in P. again no readings on autoscanner that I purchased because time/$ prohibit going to mechanic constantly. My son is learning to drive and teaching a 16 year old how to operate a stalled vehicle with no steering is difficult. Upon stalling, the car brakes are the only option of controlling the vehicle. I hope Chrysler finds a fix because this car has been very reliable.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #11

Nov 162013

300 6-cyl

  • 58,793 miles
I turned on my can and it accelerated by its self and I get no response when I press on the gas pedal..

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 232013

300 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Car stalls with a full tank all the time, does not restart without giving it throttle.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Sep 242013

300 8-cyl

  • 98,500 miles


Filled up and let gas nozzle stop automatically. Does not happen right away. But upon slowing down to stop, car will jerk forward. And after making a complete stop, usually at a stop light or middle of intersection, car will die. Causing me to have to put car in park and restart. This will happen a few times until some fuel is burnt. This can be dangerous if car jerks forward into another car. I got this link after researching this problem on the 300cforums.com originally thought this was a bad gas issue. But found it to happen anywhere I fill up.

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 212013


  • 31,000 miles
The gas pedal is not returning back and I had to control the speed of the car with brake and also by lifting the gas pedal with my right foot. At one occasion I had to put the gear to neutral to avoid an impact with another vehicle in front.

- Lausanne, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 032013

300 6-cyl

  • 61,100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300. The contact stated that while stopped with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle jerked forward abnormally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated the throttle body would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,100.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Feb 042013


  • 114,000 miles
After leaving my vehicle parked in a garage at the verizon center in Washington, DC for approximately 2 hours. I started the vehicle and proceeded to exit the garage. As I left the parking space the vehicle was making a very loud noise as if the engine were going to fall out. I depressed on the accelerator and the pedal went straight to the floor board. I was going up an on ramp and the vehicle coasted backwards.. luckily there was a open space that my vehcle could safely back into. Immediately after the electronic throttle warning light illuminated. My vehicle was later towed approximately 2 days later due to it being parked in a busy garage. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. After taking the vehicle in they advised me that the throttle was not opening. The vehicle was repaired by cleaning my throttle body. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 114,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 112010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300. While the contact was driving approximately 35 mph, unexpectedly the vehicle increased acceleration to the speed rate of 75 mph. When pressure was applied to the braked pedal repeatedly, the vehicle continued to accelerate. Then the contact placed her foot underneath the accelerator pedal to release the sticky pedal which there was not a response. The vehicle was driven onto the shoulder of the roadway and the gear selector was shifted into the park position that allowed the vehicle to stop. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to duplicate the problem. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Clinton, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 172009


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300. While driving at speeds of 30 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warrant. The contact spoke with the manufacturer who advised the contact it was his responsibility to have the vehicle diagnosed and repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 47,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #3

Jan 142010


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300. The contact attempted to shift the vehicle into park and it suddenly accelerated without warning causing the vehicle to crash into the front entry way and kitchen of his residence. There were no injuries. The failure had occurred previously; however, it did not result in a crash. The failure mileage was 49,000 and the current mileage was 49,504.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 072005

300 6-cyl

  • 11,614 miles
2005 300 limited has a throttle and engine problems. When the consumer test drove the vehicle he told the salesperson about the vehicle rough idle. The salesperson said to drive the vehicle for about 1000 miles to work the bugs out of the engine. If that didn't work he was told to bring the vehicle back and the problem would be fixed under the vehicles warranty. The vehicle was returned to the dealer at 1700 miles. The dealer flashed the computer but the rough idle was still present. The flash created a high idle, lunging and popping sound when putting the vehicle in park. The vehicle also shook when turning the vehicle off. When the vehicle was driven over 30 mph the throttle would not ease down when the consumer foot was removed from the accelerator pedal. The consumer had to ride the brakes to slow the vehicle down.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 102005

300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler 300. The vehicle stalled and it would not restart, vehicle was almost rear ended on August 10, 2005. The dealer said that they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle. The incident occurred while vehicle accelerated. The speed at time of incident was 30-35 mph.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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